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MD Anderson Cancer Center Director, Regional Clinical Research Operations in Houston, Texas

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The Primary purpose of the Director, Regional Clinical Research Operations position is to develop, implement, evaluate, and oversee the acceleration and expansion of clinical trials at regional locations across the state of Texas in accordance with the strategic vision of MD Anderson. The goal is to expand the clinical trials footprint and provide patients access to research participation closer to home with a seamless integration between main campus and regional clinics across Texas.


Strategic Leadership

Provide Strategic leadership and oversight of Houston Area Locations (HALs) and Harris Health Research programs. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates department effectiveness; effects changes required for process improvements. Assesses and evaluates productivity, performance, training, and development needs of assigned staff. Evaluates and provides mission-critical metrics to division and institutional leadership to aid in continual process improvements, and to assist with decision-making, such as expansion of services and staffing, or reallocation of resources, as applicable. Assesses staffing needs to ensure adequate resources to operate programs. Provides support and oversight of the HALs and LBJ clinical research onsite staffing programs. Oversees and leads team in coordination of conduct of clinical trials at the HALs and LBJ. Oversight of research for both HALs and LBJ, implementing procedures that ensure research practices are within all guidelines. Develops and maintains working relationships with administrative departments, faculty and their staff involved with trials expanded to the Houston Area Locations and LBJ.

Program Oversight and Assessment

Identifies operational problems, issues, obstacles, and barriers across the programs. Identifies clinical infrastructure needs and creates innovative solutions to optimize support of clinical research operations in the HALs and at LBJ. Performs assessments of clinical research practice activities. Leads and collaborates in multidisciplinary efforts to ensure that research care is safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered. Produces reports of findings and efforts. Presents information to relevant stakeholders and leadership.

Program Development

Directs the operations of and establishes processes to facilitate MD Anderson's participation in clinical research trials at the HALs and LBJ that educate, evaluate, and impact the quality of institutional clinical research practices. Responsible for teams who facilitate clinical research and ensure that research practices are within federal and state regulations, professional standards, institutional policies, and clinical practice guidelines through the HAL/LBJ research programs. Develops and administers policies and procedures related to the assigned area programs.

Personnel Management

Directs and manages assigned staff, to include hiring, performance management, scheduling of work assignments, disciplinary actions, promotions, and transfers. Defines and communicates job descriptions, core competencies, performance standards and expectations. Establishes accurate and consistent productivity expectations and revises as needed. Coordinates regular staff meetings to communicate departmental and organizational activities, goals, and policies. Provides recommendations to Associate Vice President, Clinical Research as needed regarding organizational structure, resource needs and standardization of departmental operations.

Other duties as required.


Education: Bachelor's degree and graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing, healthcare, or other related discipline.

Preferred Education: Master's Level Degree in science or related healthcare field.

Preferred Certification: Certification in Oncology or Research

Experience: Eight years experience in an academic research setting facilitating research program development and management of research resources. With preferred degree, five years of required experience. Five years of leadership experience.

Preferred Experience: At least seven years of extensive experience in research program development. Extensive experience with clinical research operations.

Director, Regional Clinical Research Operations It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 148448

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Work Location: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: No

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